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Live Blog: Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Day Four

From C-Span:

On Day Four of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the Sen. Judiciary Cmte. completes the second round of questions. Following that, the Cmte. calls the first panel of witnesses.

Watch SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings on-line here.

Memorable moments from yesterday’s hearings:

Senator Al Franken questions SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor about abortion rights and privacy.

Senator Al Franken reminisces with Sonia Sotomayor about Perry Mason.

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78 Responses

  1. LOL.

    I really like Sotomayor now, btw.

    • I do too!

      • Me, three! The more I research her and hear her, the more I’m sisterhood-crushin’ on her. lol.

        • Me four. I’m enjoying this historic moment all the more because it is well deserved on her part. No doubt about it … she is qualified.

  2. “I don’t know. That’s why I asked her.”


  3. Ugh! Kyl is lecturing Sotomayor on the role of judges–basically they have no role according to him. They are robots.

  4. I can’t listen to Lindsey Graham. I’m muting for now.

  5. Lindsey Graham is trying to OUT Sotomayor as Pro-Choice and Anti Death Penalty. She apparently wrote a memo on the Death Penalty and is now trying to paint her as Left of Center.

    Lindsey then informed us that Ken Starr wrote in favor of her appointment?!? This to me is says that they (Republicans) GOT THE MEMO on how AY CARAMBA UPSET the Latinos are over the tar and feather treatment she is getting in trying to paint her and Latino Civil Rights organizations as r@cists.

  6. I love Al Franken. To me, the funniest part of his part in the hearings is that on an old SNL skit, he played the part of Senator Paul Simon in a spoof on the Clarence Thomas hearings. One of the best send-ups in SNL history, imo.

  7. So Sotomayor didn’t say that she believes that the constitution guarantees the right of women to have abortions. Very sad that Democratic Senators are accepting this non-answer. Welcome to Age of Obama.

    • Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg say she believed that in the Age of Clinton? I don’t think she did. It would have been confirmation suicide. Nominees of Dem presidents are coached by Dems to evade litmus test questions. Same for Repubs. Nothing unusual or saddening in her responses or their acceptance.

      • Ah, how wrong you are.


        Relevant quote:

        “In 1993, she told the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing:

        ‘(Y)ou asked me about my thinking on equal protection versus individual autonomy. My answer is that both are implicated. The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices.’

        I guess it wasn’t “political suicide” for her to make common sense statement like that 16 years ago. The failure of Democratic leaders in the Age of Obama to fight for women’s rights is a cause for shame, not excuses, IMHO.

  8. LOL, gets a bit worrisome when Republicans start praising her.

    …Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor drew praise from GOP skeptics….Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., described Sotomayor’s judicial record as “generally in the mainstream”… “You have been very reassuring here today and throughout this hearing..’, Graham said……On Thursday, another Republican member of the panel, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, also called Sotomayor’s rulings “pretty much in the mainstream,”…Republicans conceded that Sotomayor had not committed any major mistake that might derail her nomination.


    • I guess that “pretty much in the mainstream” was in the memo they all got this morning….

      • Yup, a series of e-mails went out and asked that close attention be given to those ‘attacking’ Sotomayor and the Latino Civil Rights organizations as r@cists. It appears they won’t be able to hold onto certain seats if they loose that support and it was making the foreign evening news. So, even KEN STARR issued a letter of support! 😯

  9. Senator Jeff Sessions is afraid The Lone Latina will take away everyone’s guns!

  10. US Congress: Commies, Cons, and Clowns. What a bunch.

  11. Randall Terry Launches “Defeat Sotomayor” Tour

    Between the image of her exposed skull, the implication that Sotomayor is the “Angel of Death” and headlines such as, “If your life was threatened…” with a following “Now is the time to act”, this honestly scares the shit out of me.

    Has anyone seen any news coverage of Randall Terry’s tour? I hope he gave it up as he is sooo out there it is frightening.

  12. Sen. Graham to Judge Sotomayor: “You Have Said Some Things That Just Bug the Hell out of Me.” “You have earned the respect of Ken Starr”…

    • What an assw!pe!

      Graham: “What do you say to those you have offended by the wise latina remark?”

      Sotomayor: “What’s your address, Sen. Graham? I’ll send you a written apology.”

      Get over it, Graham!

  13. al franken is the joke to me, he sure proved one thing, he is not only a junior senator, he’s not ready for this job, just my opinion. Name one great thing he asked
    i want to know

  14. Populations We Don’t To Have Too Many Of! 😯

    • Jonah Goldberg:
      Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a question of eugenics
      After the Supreme Court justice’s comments in a recent interview, I would like to know if she believes some populations are in need of shrinking through abortion.

      Unlike Bazelon, I for one would like to know whether Ginsburg believes there were — or are — some populations in need of shrinking through abortion and whether she thinks such considerations have any place at the Supreme Court.

      And while we’re at it, it would be interesting to know what Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor thinks about such things.

      • What do you think she meant by that? Here’s her full quote:

        JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

        • In her next answer she’s as plain as can be:

          Q: When you say that reproductive rights need to be straightened out, what do you mean?

          JUSTICE GINSBURG: The basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice for a woman.

          • I am still puzzled why SCOTUS Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have made these comments (dynomite laced), especially when there is a confirmation hearing going on and when it could have ramifications in the level of questions that may be leveled during the hearings.

          • Ginsberg made those (or simlar) comments at her own confirmation hearing as well.


            Ginsberg is really a hero. She has never been afraid to publicly support women’s rights. It’s sad that the country has moved backwards so much. But I also think the idea that those statements couldn’t be made today (oh no! it would sink her nomination!) is bull. There are 60 Democratic senators. Surely a nominee could openly come out for abortion rights and still get approved.

        • It is very poor choice of words and I was very surprised to read that she would put them in others hands (as they look for anything a sitting SCOTUS says as most important) to throw back, as they are very incendiary and I can see that from here onward they will be used as a battle cry for the Randall Terrys of this country.


          • Yeah, I’m struggling to understand what she means here. She’s talking about Medicaid, so I’m guessing she’s talking about people with low income. I’m guessing she meant that the popular view at the time (not necessarily hers) was that people concerned about population growth would be in support of abortion being covered by Medicaid, but then the ruling suggested otherwise. Do you think that’s it?

          • The use of “we” rather, than ‘they’ was the sinker, as the “we” is going to cause quite a few problems. Maybe it was an innocent slip and she didn’t realized she said “we” rather than ‘they’, as she wasn’t on the court during the initial Roe vs. Wade case, but is so used to saying “we” as a SCOTUS.

        • My reading of that is not that she herself thought abortion ought to be used to reduce “certain” populations, but that she wondered at the time if that wasn’t part of the intent of Roe on the part of some who were backing it.

          But she phrased it very very badly, indeed. You can’t put “we” in quotes in a speech, to make it clear you mean “some segments of society”, not yourself.

          • I agree – Ginsberg is a hero – she has stood steadfast for women’s rights.

  15. OT– The Clinton derangement has very quickly gotten nasty out there in the blogosphere since Hillary gave her speech.

  16. So the firefighter will be key witness this afternoon? Did I already miss it?

  17. It is very poor choice of words …

  18. Testifying: Linda Chavez from Center of Equal Opportunity. *sigh*

    • I missed it.

    • Linda Chavez (on the loyal attack position on Sotomayor) just got the audience laughing at Lindsey Graham and Lindsey Grahma just said “bust your ass”…

      • Well, Since I’m The “White Guy” That Said That… I Agree With It! Senator Lindsey Graham

        • Okay, I’ve had PLENTY negative and nasty to say about Lindsay Graham, but he was really good here in the part where he talked about how a generation ago those firefighters would have had zero shot at that position, and we need to remember that.

          I liked that he acknowledged that it’s not a simple thing. Neither racial quotas NOR being “color-blind” and ignoring disparities are the solution. I liked what Bloomberg had to say about how his dept is handling thngs, as well. Balance.

          I disagree with Sen. Graham on so many things, but he did well on that one.

          • He should appear more often next to Linda Chavez, he looks angelic next to her.

          • LOL! Yeah, some of that was the contrast, and I’m sure much of it was posturing. But I’ve ripped Graham so badly for so much, I figured it was fair to say, “He did okay, there.”

  19. i like her..

  20. foxyladi14: You do? Yeah, I think it’s interesting to hear an opposing view.

  21. Firefighter Ricci Judge Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing

  22. Hmmm… Sen. Jeff Sessions and crack.

    • Sorry, but that one is Senator Sessions just doing his comedy bit about ‘doing crack’. Amazing what goes on in Washington.

  23. From the AP:

    Clinton: reports of my demise premature

    By MATTHEW LEE – 2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is comfortable in her position as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat and has been consistently involved in foreign policy decisions despite a fractured elbow that kept her out of the limelight for a month.

    “I broke my elbow, not my larynx,” she told reporters Thursday, brushing aside speculation about a loss of influence within the administration.

    Clinton said her relationships with the White House and Obama himself are fine, but she repeated her frustration with the vetting process for appointees to senior positions. She said that six months into the administration there are still unfilled critical posts at the State Department and elsewhere in government.


    More from NBC’s Libby Leist:


  24. A colleague pointed out last night as we were leaving a meeting that there have of the nominees for Supreme Court the 90% of the men have had one day of hearings – we are now on the fourth day for Sotomayor. We know they are going to confirm her unless she implodes or kills someone. Blowhards 😡

    • SHE is 50 feet tall and a Latina to boot… 😯 (snark) and did I mention she is really, really, really SMART( ‘summa cum laude’)!

  25. OMG, did anyone post this yet? THIS is why I love Hillary Clinton!

    Hillary Clinton rejects notion of diminished role

    “I really stay focused on the work that I do. I broke my elbow, not my larynx. I have been deeply involved in the shaping and implementation of our foreign policy,” she told reporters.


    I broke my elbow, not my larynx!!! Classic.

  26. “My time is up”-Senator Jeff Sessions

    He was told:

    “Keep going just speak in French from now on.”-Senator Amy Klobuchar

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